MTV Geek LOVES Halloween -- so we've decided to share our fave frightful movies, TV shows, comics, and books with you all month long!

My uncharitable belief about the found footage genre is that it's the perfect storm of a lack of talent in front of and behind the camera, in many cases (that I've seen), the marriage of performers who can't act to directors who have no idea of how to frame a shot. And typically, when they come together, it's to create the illusion of naturalism and the real, but usually, the conceit to have everything be documented at all times with near-hysterical actors screaming their lines into the camera gives us the exact opposite (and worse, these films are seldom scary).

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MTV Geek LOVES Halloween -- so we've decided to share our fave frightful movies, TV shows, comics, and books with you all month long!

Woe be unto him that opens one of the seven gateways to hell. Because through that gateway, EVIL will invade the world!

-Emily (Cinzia Monreale aka Sarah Keller)

Last week, I wrote about "High Tension", a gruesomely good revival of the slasher genre, nearly undone by a nonsensical ending. By point of comparison, Lucio Fulci's ("Zombie," "Demons") "The Beyond" is an occasionally silly movie with some great imagery that's completely redeemed and unforgettable thanks to an ending that really pays off on its title.

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Halloween is fast approaching and Mezco Toyz is making sure to continue their domination of the creepy doll market with a brand new release from their extremely popular Living Dead Dolls line: Universal Monsters Frankenstein and the Bride! While these two re-animated freaks lovebirds won't be available until this January, they can live in your hearts right now thanks to these photos and info straight from my pals over at Mezco Toyz!

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MTV Geek LOVES Halloween -- so we've decided to share our fave frightful movies, TV shows, comics, and books with you all month long!

Upon its release, the French slasher import "High Tension" was alternately lauded as a wonderfully violent jolt to the horror genre (well, at least by me), and as anything from noxiously misogynistic and anti-gay in other corners (there might be something to one or both of those points). Still, the 2003 film from writer-director Alexandre Aja and co-writer Grégory Levasseur is such a foul and horrifically propulsive affair, that as a film fan raised, in part, on a diet of horror movies, it's hard to dismiss because of its problematic elements.

So let's head back to the French countryside and talk about serial killers, closeted lesbian panic, and see if we can consider where it all went wrong with the ending.

****Spoilers to follow****

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MTV Geek LOVES Halloween -- so we've decided to share our fave frightful movies, TV shows, comics, and books with you all month long!

“I live in the weak and the wounded.”

- Simon

The quote above is the last line from writer-director Brad Anderson's 2001 indie horror film Session 9. For the sake of those of you who haven't seen the asylum-set movie, I'll leave the subject of exactly who is weak and wounded in the story a mystery, but what makes it so unsettling is that it's about breaking points and how an abandoned institution frays the nerves and batters the psyches of a six-man asbestos removal crew.

Toxic surfaces aren't the only things they uncover, though, as something comes out of the darkness to begin butchering them one by one.

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Halloween is right around the corner and while everyone's doing their best to look like a deteriorating member of the undead, I'll be dressing up as the one thing the undead horde truly fears – The Goon! With a feature film on the way (hopefully!) from creator Eric Powell there's never been a better time to show your love for The Goon, and this mask is just what the zombie doctor ordered.

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Halloween will be here before you know it and there's no better time find that perfect costume. However, you may want to watch out for this guy, who will probably be eating all sorts of trick-or-treaters come the 31st, as he'll be dressed up in this life-size, animatronic T-Rex costume. Yeah, it's technically a baby-sized T-Rex, but it's a T-Rex all the same.

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MTV Geek LOVES Halloween -- so we've decided to share our fave frightful movies, TV shows, comics, and books with you all month long!

Writer-director Tom Holland's Rear Window-meets suburban vampires movie was a surprise hit for studio Columbia pictures back in 1985. But really, the formula of sexually frustrated teen (William Ragsdale) + charismatic, handsome vampire (Chris Sarandon) + a shock of gore and some terrific practical effects should be an easy sell anytime.

But let's look at this 1985 horror film which did postmodernism earlier than Scream (and better, in my opinion), with one of Roddy McDowell's finest roles as the neighborhood goes to hell when vampire Jerry Dandridge moves in next door.

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MTV Geek LOVES Halloween -- so we've decided to share our fave frightful movies, TV shows, comics, and books with you all month long!

Throughout the late 80's and into the 90's, British author Brian Lumley wrote a series of horror/sci-fi novels about Harry Keough, famed writer and sometime employee of a special branch of the British government who could, among other things, speak to the dead, teleport, and would later become a lusty vampire over the course of five novels. Deliriously violent, overwritten, and a little bizarre in its handling of sex, Lumley nonetheless wrote a series of compulsively readable novels about a man who lived (and died, and lived again) for the dead.

Lumley's novels--hammered out at something like one a year in both the main series and in new collections and expanded stories, tells the story of Harry Keogh, called "the Necroscope" by both the living and the dead for his ability to communicate with the other side. The stories were a curious mix of Soviet espionage, serial killer thriller, hard sci-fi involving the intersection of magic and math, and gradually, transdimensional vampire stories.

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MTV Geek LOVES Halloween -- so we've decided to share our fave frightful movies, TV shows, comics, and books with you all month long!

"Prepare... to meet... the misters!"

- Professor B.O. Beanes

We're kicking off our celebration of some of our favorites in Halloween entertainment with 44 minutes of TV that's seared into the brains of a generation of viewers with its brand of grotesque comedy and horror. It's a wonder that a story featuring the word "sex" a half dozen times in its opening and a graphic decapitation would get a spot in prime time back in 1986, but when you've got the collected might of 1980's Spielberg, Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis, and horror mainstay Mick Garris onboard, you might be able to swing a little extra violence in programming ostensibly for the family set.

So come back with me to a time of backward masking, satanic rites, and sadistic teachers as we look at Amazing Stories 2.8: "Go to the Head of the Class."

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Promising a "Halloween goody bag with fun-sized Truth," the upcoming Halloween special is coming to Adult Swim on October 28th at 11:30 PM.

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Halloween may be still be a few months away, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't start looking for a costume. If you want to get uber-crazy and spend a boat-load of cash you'll probably want to check out UD Replica's Batman get-up, but the rest of us will be figuring out how we can get this Domo costume through the door without ruining the surprise.

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Geeky pumpkins carvings come in all shapes and sizes -- as with this spooky celebration of next year's most evil FPS, The Darkness II by NYC gourd artist (gourdist?) Hugh McMahon. Below are ten other hauntingly clever jack o' lanterns featuring all of your fave geek icons! (special thanks to Ryan Rayhill for his help with this post)

10. Doctor Horrible: There's nothing horrible about this pumpkin inspired by the cult Joss Whedon musical tragicomedy (via Purple House Blog)

 

9. ThunderCats: This neat ThunderCats logo carving is by SaGeiger26 at deviantART!

 

8. Death Star: Here is a creative pumpkin carving every Star Wars fan can appreciate. (Found at Noel's Pumpkin Carving Archive) Read More...

Last year, author and general all around cool dude Neil Gaiman made a modest proposal (that had nothing to do with eating human beings): how about we give away books on Halloween instead of – or even in addition to – candy? I read about this on Twitter, and though I like to read, and I love Halloween, I was a little, shall we say, doubtful, that kids would want reading material instead of candy bars.

Regardless, I sat out on my front steps in a highly trafficked area of Brooklyn with a huge tub of delicious candy, and a longbox full of comics. I told kids they could have either, a comic book, or a piece of candy, or one of both, it was up to them – expecting that I would truck my comics upstairs at the end of the night, and be left sadly candy free. To say I was wrong is an understatement. In under an hour, I had to go back upstairs three times to restock the comic book box, eventually giving away over 400 all ages comics to kids, while the candy bowl sat, mostly untouched. And not to go over the top, but it really was one of the most exciting, heart-warming, and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. Read More...

Exert your dominance over pitiful humans in Conquest of Planet Earth

If you're looking for "The Creepiest Halloween BOO-ard Games Part 1" you'll have to steer your browser back more than a year to find my very first post here on MTV Geek. As you can imagine, it holds a special place in my heart: the place that likes to see psychos wield knives and monsters terrorize old ladies.

Looking back on that list just makes you realize how tightly interwoven the hobby gaming and horror fandoms have become. Since all of the games from last year's list were no more than a few years old, the only way to top that is a Halloween-themed list of shiny new 2011 releases. Unless you're already a board game addict, you probably haven't played any of these yet, so shamble over to your local game store and grab one for your next party.

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